Saturday, March 13, 2010

Knight Moves Chess Club Spring Open

At the Chicago Public Library, Lozano Branch, on Saturday, March 27:

Info is here:

Knight Moves Chess Club Spring Open

Date: Sat. March 27, 2010
Time: 9:00 am
1805 S. Loomis Street
About this event:
Section I is open to Players 15 years of age and older.
Section II is open to Players 14 years of age and younger.
The first of 5 rounds begins at 10:00 a.m., with a 30 min. per player per game time control. 

An award ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m.
Registration will take place from 9:00 am to 9:30 am the day of the event.
 And I bet you could find out details by calling our friend Hector Hernandez.

of interest to Chicago & chess bibliophiles

The Library of Congress offers online access to the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection.  (His father Julius Rosenwald, the president of Sears Roebuck & the founder of the Museum of Science & Industry, was Reshevsky's patron.)

Amber round 1 is finishing right now

Ivanchuk-Carlsen will be one of the three games.  (Ivanchuk won the blindfold game earlier today.)

You can follow the action here.

Sicilian Grand Prix with 5.a3!?

The former Sicilian player in me says "thanks for the tempo!"  But our own Matt Pullin and Michael Goeller of the Kenilworth (NJ) Chess Club are both pretty smart, so I'll suspend judgment.

Matt mentions that the late Billy Colias had played this line: does anyone have these games?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I normally don't get excited about opening books....

a tabiya in the English Hedgehog
Black to play

Suba's out-of-print book on The Hedgehog is brilliant, and I've won at least one tournament game thanks to it.  But it's also one of the most disorganized and confusing books I've ever read.

But now there's a much better alternative.  I just got my copy of Sergey Shipov's The Complete Hedgehog, Volume 1.  So far, I've only thumbed through the 527 (!!) pages and read the introduction to various sections, I can tell you that it looks like an absolute masterpiece of clarity (considering how confusing this opening can be!).  Furthermore, it looks to me like that rare opening book suitable for both 1600 and 2400 players.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

First ten thousand views

(How many views were mine when I wasn't signed in?  I don't want to think about that....)

Thanks to the many good people who have sent material to the blog: from grandmasters to my fellow patzers.  Please keep it coming!

And special thanks to the other editors on this blog....the less we hear of me, the better.

If you could take the time to follow this blog or link to this blog or send me something cool related to Chicago chess, it'd be appreciated!  I'm always happy to plug folks' events in Chicagoland (or even events of interest to Chicagoans): stuff already in html format is most appreciated.

Over 150 at Greater Chicago Scholastic Chess Championships

Jeff Caveney reports at Chess Life Online!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Opening night

...for Theo Ubique's production of Chess at the No Exit Café.

This coming Saturday the 13th, I'll be playing blitz risers during the the pre-show dinner against two much younger and stronger players.  (When three people are playing blitz, the loser, or "riser," gets up.)  My wife will be there, too, so my goal is modest: not to get wiped out.